Marine litter a global challenge – EU Ambassador

By
Jesse Owusu Ampah, GNA

Accra, Sept. 29, GNA – Mrs Diana Acconcia,
the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Ghana, has said marine plastic littering
remains a major challenge in the fight against plastic waste worldwide.

This, she noted, was a major threat to
biodiversity, and exposed the world to bad effects of climate change.

The Ambassador made these remarks at the EU
Beach Cleanup exercise at James Town in Accra.

It was held in partnership Plastic Punch, a
non-governmental organisation, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, and the
Environmental Protection Agency.

Mrs Acconcia said every year eight million
tonnes of trash ended up in the ocean with plastics accounting for 85 per cent
of marine litter, having negative impacts on ecosystems, biodiversity and human
health.

She said plastic management should be a
concern for all, since it contributed largely to marine litter.

“It is estimated that by 2050 there could be
more plastics than fish in the sea,” she said.

The EU was leading the way with the new
single-use plastics legislation to address 70 per cent of marine litter, she
said.

“Plastics play an important role in our
economy and our daily lives, but the way plastic products are designed,
produced, used and discarded is harming the environment all around the world,”
she added.

Mrs Acconcia, therefore, called on producers
and users to avoid single-use plastics, and patronize those that could be
reused and recycled to avoid environmental degradation.

Ms Victoria Michaels, a Model, who is also
the brand ambassador for the EU GHANA cleanup exercise, expressed gratitude to
all volunteers and groups for participating in the exercise.

She said the beach cleanup was timely and
called on all Ghanaians to actively participate to make it a success.

Ms Michaels said she was glad to join the
cleanup as she was a climate change activist to help mitigate its adverse
effects.

She called on all Ghanaians to commit
themselves to a clean environment, especially at tourist sites, saying; “A
clean Ghana is a Better Ghana.”

GNA